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Wine Tasting: Multi-Region Spanish Wines in India

April 29: Last week saw a couple of French people in India promoting Spanish Wines at a private tasting in Mumbai and Delhi, bringing Christopher Vanpoulle, Founder CEO of Very Fine Vinos in Madrid and his Hong Kong based Export Manager Francois Bailey with 14 samples of Spanish wines from small family owned wineries with no export departments from the wine regions of Rioja, Cariňena, Bulla, La Mancha and Valencia, writes Subhash Arora who tasted them at Claridges Hotel and found a few of them excellent value-for-money wines of very good quality quite suitable for India

The difficulties in bringing new Spanish labels notwithstanding, the French duo (Vanpoulle is half French, half British married to a Spanish lady) appeared very excited and positive about introducing a few of the labels in India because of their low prices, good quality and international recognition from reputable institutions like Robert Parker, Wine Spectator and James Suckling. If what they had to offer for tasting is any indication, some of their wines do have a good potential in the Indian market. Of course, they are fully aware of the thin distribution pipe that carries the overload of several new labels pitching in to enter the crowded market but are hopeful that in the high tax regime, these wines have a positive role to play in the Indian market.

As Vanpoulle stressed, they act as the export departments of these wineries since 2010 when the company was set up to work as the Export department for Spanish wineries which needed professional experience team to develop quality distribution for their wines. ’Our wineries have a common profile which make them attractive to work with. They produce quality wines, have full ownership of the vineyards and most of them are single estates,’ said Vanpoulle and added they are well rated by the critics worldwide.

These were wines from 7 different wineries-14 labels of them. Some are excellent value and good quality. It was interesting to see wines some of which were from 40 year old vines (not uncommon in Spain)- many had won Gold Medals in international competitions like Mundusvini. Some had Robert Park score of 90. One wine had scored 92 from James Suckling. One needs to taste and try them to discover the occasional nuggets.

Here are the 14 wines tasted with my score out of 100. Since alcohol is an important variable from consumer point of view-I have mentioned it as well (name, alc, region, rating):

1. La Fea white Viura/chardonnay 2017 12.5%  DO Cariňena 85
2. Zuazo Gaston Tapas Gaston Verdejo 12%     Declass Rioja 88
3. La Fea Blend(Temp/Garn/Syrah)2017    14%   DO Cariňena 84
4. La Fea Reserva 2012 Tempranillo 13.5% DO Cariňena 87
5. Zuazo Gaston Tapas Gaston Tempranillo                13.5%  Declass Rioja 89
6. Zuazo Gaston Crianza Rioja 2015 13%         DOC Rioja 88
7. Paco Garcia Crianza  2015 Temp 90/Garn 10 13.5% DOC Rioja (Al  89
8. Paco Garcia Garnacha 2016 14.3% DOC Rioja 89
9. Mateos de La Higuera Vega Demara Temp.2017 13.5% DO Mancha 86
10. El Albuelo Joaquin Ylirium Tempranillo 2016 13% DO LaMancha 89
11. Estratos Monastrell/Syrah 2016                                 13.5% DO Bullas 87
12. Bodega di Rosario Lorca 2015 Monastrell 85/Syrah 15%   DO Bullas 89
13. Bodega di Rosario Lorca 2009 Monastrell 14% DO Bullas 90
14. Bodegas Nodus Chaval Bobal organic 2017 13% DO Valencia 86

For further information, visit their website http://www.veryfinevinos.com or write to  info@veryfinevinos.com. They are worth looking into by importers looking for value-for-money quaffable Spanish wines or high quality reasonably priced wines for hotels/restaurants. They are also participating in Vinexpo Hong Kong on May 29-31 at Stand D23 Level 1

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Subhash Arora


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Subhash Arora Says:


Great, They are easily available at Retail Stores in Delhi.

Posted @ October 05, 2019 13:44


Sanjay Thapa Says:


I would like to buy Spanish wine

Posted @ October 04, 2019 12:20


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